Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

RSA Animate IV: Smile or Die

The last of our RSA Animate series is this marvellous take on the “power of positive thinking” by American feminist and health care activist, Barabara Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich’s latest book, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America, which forms the basis of this talk, was inspired by her own experiences with breast cancer and dissatisfaction with organisations like the Pink Ribbon campaign (read critique here).

When we read Ehrenriech, we are reminded of the issues facing ELT teachers around the world and how groups like IATEFL with their obsessions with PLNs and twittering, successfully disarm political struggle and encourage people to see problems as individual and a matter of attitude.

Whilst we may not always agree with her political choices, she remains for us an outstanding example of honesty, resilience and hope. Enjoy:

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